|LSARRC at Mid Lancs XC|
It was a busy weekend for LSARRC runners as Saturday saw the 5th Mid Lancashire Cross Country League fixture at Ryelands Park, Lancaster, take place.
In the senior men’s race the Lytham first team secured 4th position overall, with some outstanding performances. Mike Toft finished 13th overall out of 129 runners in a time of 35:40. Joe Greenwood was second to finish for the club in 36:37 for 20th. Thomas Howarth was 44th in 39:03, followed by Neil Tate in 39:30 for 49th, Johnathan Tuck ran the course in 40:12 for 56th and Alex Tate was 63rd in 40:38. The second team for Lytham secured 18th place and included the following runners: Paul Veevers (40:50, 69th), Ross McKelvie ( 43:05, 93rd), Terry Hellings (44:20, 113th), Graham Webster ( 45:05, 119th), Gavin Stanfield ( 47:46, 146th), and John Bertenshaw (50:35, 162nd). Jason Sheridan and Greg Oulton also completed the course in 54:09 and 56:39 respectively. It was an especially busy day for Graham Webster who ran the Lytham parkrun in the morning, followed by the cross-country fixture in Lancaster, later in the day.
In the senior ladies’ race Lytham also managed to field two teams. First home for the club, with an impressive run was Catherine Carrdus who finished 18th in a time of 26:06. Melanie Koth ran well to finish in 44th place in 28:52, followed by Julia Rolfe who ran the course in 32:11 for 78th. The team of Carrdus, Koth and Rolfe came 14th overall. In the second Lytham team Kirsten Burnett finished 88th, followed by Pamela Hardman in 91st and Alexandra Everest in 97th, overall this team came 26th.
Morgan Pritchard and Frankie Ball ran for Lytham in the under 13 boys race. Out of 60 runners, Morgan managed to secure 27th place in a time of 12:56 and Frankie was 30th in a time of 13:05. Brogan Murphy and Rebecca Fisher competed in the under 13 race. Brogran finished in 26th in 9:44 whilst Rebecca finished in 11:28 for 57th position.
|Jessica Ramsden followed by Clemmie Tierney|
In the under 11 boys race Lytham fielded 3 competitors. First to finish the course in 8:33 for 49th was Lewis Bentley, not far behind was Oliver Thomson in 8:43 for 55th and Eric Wrigley who finished 63rd in a time of 8:55. The team of Bentley, Thomson and Wrigley finished 10th overall. In the girls under 11 race Jessica Ramsden managed to finish in the top 30 runners with a time of 8:46 (29th), followed by Clemmie Tierney in 8:57 (35th), Amara Thorpe 9:02 (37th), Leoma Gill in 9:55 (55th) and Rosa Gill in 11:30 (60th). The team of Ramsden, Tierney and Thorpe finished 11th overall.
At the Lytham Hall parkrun also on Saturday 17th February 16 Lytham members braved the cold conditions to complete the course. There were not as many club participants as normal due to the cross-country fixture at Lancaster, however there were several notable performances. On his 70th parkrun Graham Webster was the first home for Lytham in a respectable time of 20:59, and first in the age category VM65-69. Darran Ames was the next to finish in 21:22, just 7 seconds off equalling his personal best time of 21:05. Ames was followed closely by Jennifer Hill who secured 2nd female position and a time not far off her personal best, also. Neil Bayntun-Roberts finished 3 seconds later in 21:18 for 13th position overall.
Full Results: Graham Webster 20:59 (9th), Darran Ames 21:12 (11th), Jennifer Hill 21:15 (12th), Neil Bayntun-Roberts 21:18 (13th), James Buckley 23:10 (25th), G Browne 23:40 (32nd), Neil Tate 24:29 (40th), Stephen Tate 26:45 (76th), Kathy Gaunt 29:05 (97th), Jeremy McCandless 29:58 (102nd), Gillian Oliver 30:08 (107th), Ruth Bye 30:39 (113rd), Sarah Bagshaw 32:31 (127th), Rebecca Willetts 40:26 (157th), and Julie Wiseman and Nicola Wiseman were tail walkers.
Several Lytham runners completed parkruns across the country, and further afield. Susan Hawitt completed the Greenwich parkrun, she came 115th overall and was 18th female. Joanna Goorney ran the hilly 3 laps, scenic Roundhay parkrun in Leeds and was the first female, and 16th overall out of 301 finishers, to finish in a time of 20:56.
|LSARRC at GNW Half Marathon|
On Sunday 18th February the Great North West Half Marathon took place in Blackpool. A fast and flat course around the coastal front of Blackpool. The event is now in its 29th year and often attracts 1500 competitors of all ages and experiences. The club was well represented and of the 10 finishers, 4 came in the first 200 runners. Paul Fauset of Dark Peak running club was first overall, in a personal best time of 74:35 First home for the cub was Neil Tate in 88:18 for 108th position overall. Gill Draper was the first female home for the cub in an excellent 92:10 for 120th, with an equal time Paul Veevers secured 121st spot. Ian Tate was 156th in 95:22 and Ian Balshaw achieved a personal best time of 2:07:50 for 806th. Other runners included: Kirsten Burnett who ran the course in 2:13:48 for 914th, Laura Byrne ran 2:13:48 for 915th, Olivia Allen ran 2:16:05 for 953rd, Christine Walker ran 2:18:59 for 985th, Sylvia Elisabeth Gittins 2:21:27 for 1016th and Amy Fletcher finished her first half marathon in 3:15:02 for 1211th.
At the junior parkrun on Sunday 18th, 5 Lytham runners completed the 2K course. Frankie Ball was 2nd in 7:47, 1st female was Clemmie Tierney in 9:05, Jayden Richardson ran 9:39 for 11th, Blair Selbie achieved a new personal best time of 9:58 for 16th and Sophie Tate finished in 14:30 for 43rd.